The University of Alabama, one of the nation’s
top public research universities and Alabama’s flagship
institution, seeks an organized, motivational fundraising
professional for the leadership position of Executive
Director of Colleges and Schools. The Executive Director
reports to the Associate Vice President for Development. While a
start date is negotiable, the preferred start date for this
appointment is September.
For complete information, see the Search
Profile at https://myersmcrae.com/skins/userfiles/files/UA-ExeDir-CS.pdf.
About the University
The University of Alabama (UA) was founded in 1831 as the
state’s flagship university. Today, UA is a student-centered
research university and an academic community united in its
commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.
With 38,320 students, UA enrolled the largest freshman class in
history in fall 2021. UA has enrolled more than 38,000 students in
each of the last three years. Graduate School enrollment of 6,152
is a 7 percent increase from fall 2020 and breaks last year’s
record enrollment number.
The University attracts high-achieving students from across the
nation and the world. The freshman class includes 281 National
Merit Scholars, bringing the total number of currently enrolled
National Merit Scholars to 940. Both are records and the highest in
UA students continue to win prestigious national awards. Sixty
UA students have been named Goldwater Scholars. The University of
Alabama has produced a total of 16 Rhodes Scholars, 16 Truman
Scholars, 38 Hollings Scholars, and 16 Boren Scholars. The
Fulbright Program selected 18 UA students for various awards for
the 2022-2023 academic year.
The University comprises 13 colleges and schools: College of
Arts and Sciences, Culverhouse College of Business, College of
Communication and Information Sciences, College of Community Health
Sciences, College of Continuing Studies, College of Education,
College of Engineering, Graduate School, Honors College, College of
Human Environmental Sciences, School of Law, Capstone College of
Nursing, and School of Social Work. The Carnegie Classification of
Institutions of Higher Education has classified UA as an R1:
Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity
UA’s renowned faculty totals 2,025, with 1,557 serving full-time
and 1,003 being tenured or tenure track. Thirty-three current UA
faculty have received NSF CAREER Awards, one of the nation’s most
prestigious recognitions of top-performing young scientists, in
disciplines ranging from nanoscience and engineering to biological
sciences. During the 2020-2021 academic year, four professors
received this award.
UA offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in nearly
200 degree programs, with a student/faculty ratio that averages
23:1. Professional programs include law and rural medicine. The
University has developed more than 70 innovative online degree
programs that students can complete around their schedule and from
The Crimson Tide is one of the most legendary names in all of
sports. UA has a nationally competitive intercollegiate athletics
program, with 18 varsity teams competing in 13 sports. The Crimson
Tide boasts NCAA Championships, conference championships, and
individual achievements. UA is one of 12 universities in the nation
that sponsor wheelchair athletics.
The University currently boasts a living alumni population more
than 200,000 strong. With approximately 9,000 new alumni being
added to the ranks on an annual basis, the size of the Crimson Tide
nation is growing exponentially. Many UA alumni are leaders in
their communities, states, and nations, including heads of major
corporations, Pulitzer Prize winners, renowned scholars,
scientists, and artists.
The University of Alabama has launched its largest fundraising
campaign to date. The Rising Tide Capital Campaign is a
University-wide effort to raise a minimum of $1.5 billion in
philanthropic support for strategic priorities over a 10-year
period. The campaign aligns with the University's strategic plan,
and carries forward the tenets of excellence in teaching, research,
and service. Five years into the campaign, UA exceeded the $1
billion milestone and has created more than 650 new scholarships
and nearly 40 new faculty support funds and has impacted more than
500,000 square feet of space across the UA campus. Visit the
campaign website at risingtide.ua.edu
The Executive Director of Colleges and Schools
is a key member of the Development leadership team and will partner
with the Associate Vice President for Development to set strategic
direction for UA’s Colleges and Schools to enhance new levels of
excellence in Development. While providing oversight, guidance, and
support of the Development priorities of the colleges and schools,
the Executive Director will establish goals for development
officers to ensure the team has a sense of responsibility and
ownership for the successful outcome of Development priorities.
In addition to administrative responsibilities, the Executive
Director will maintain a small portfolio of major and
leadership-level prospects at the $1M+ level and foster meaningful
relationships with donors and prospective donors to increase
philanthropy at UA.
- Provides leadership, management, and coaching of the
development officers in the College of Human Environmental
Sciences, the College of Communication and Information Sciences,
the College of Education, the College of Engineering, the College
of Community Health Sciences, and the School of Social Work, as
well as an administrative assistant.
- Ensures appropriate portfolio composition for the entire
- Directs planning, training, and mentoring; oversees activities,
and evaluates performance of staff reporting to the Executive
- Ensures each member of the team conducts the appropriate number
of monthly visits related to solicitation, cultivation, and
stewardship and that proper follow-up is completed after
- Provides direct supervision, including hiring, firing,
evaluating, and disciplining responsibilities, and provides
advisory guidance, including input/recommendations, for other
employees to their supervisors on employee actions.
- Conducts visits with prospective donors and assigned prospects
in-state and out-of-state. The purpose of the visits is to
cultivate, solicit, and steward assigned prospects and donors.
- Oversees a personal portfolio of major gift prospects.
- Designs strategies to secure leadership ($1 million and up)
gifts in support of the University’s strategic priorities.
- Prepares proposals and other materials as needed for
- Records visits with a written contact report in Denny, UA’s
constituent management database.
University Campaign Planning
- Works with the Associate Vice President for Development and the
appropriate deans in areas
of campaign planning and implementation.
- Serves as a member of the senior leadership team for the Office
of Development and participates in setting strategic direction and
making executive decisions regarding fundraising at the
- Adheres to an established budget for an assigned unit or
The Executive Director of Colleges and Schools will have proven
management skills in nurturing a team in a goal-oriented
environment that empowers staff through active communication and
delegation and that builds confidence, promotes diversity of
thought, and celebrates achievement.
Education and Experience
A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree is preferred.
Candidates must have a minimum of seven years of development
experience or an equivalent combination of education and
A valid U.S. driver’s license is required. Finalists must be at
least 21 years of age at time of hire and have an acceptable Motor
Vehicle Report as determined by the insurance carrier. A motor
vehicle report is part of the background check of finalists.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Proven track record of success in identifying, cultivating, and
soliciting major gifts in higher education.
- Proven ability to effectively interact with diverse internal
and external constituents, such as donors and prospective donors,
university administrators, deans, faculty, volunteer boards, and
- Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication
- Excellent organizational, management, and
- Ability to work independently and as a part of a collaborative
- Must be a creative and effective leader with expertise in
strategic planning, fundraising, program implementation, personnel
management, and accountability.
- Must be able to work in a fast-paced office environment.
- Ability and willingness to travel in and out of state.
The University’s beautiful, 1,200-acre campus is located in
Tuscaloosa in west-central Alabama, along the banks of the Black
Warrior River. The fifth largest city in Alabama, Tuscaloosa is
home to nearly 100,000 residents with a metro population exceeding
The city has a thriving business community, with the University
serving as the primary economic and cultural engine. One of the
most internationally recognized companies in Tuscaloosa is
Mercedes-Benz and its production facilities.
The city is known for a wide variety of cultural arts, including
museums, plays, concerts, and events. The riverfront area offers
recreational trails, businesses, restaurants, and a farmers market.
A 7,470-seat amphitheater, the largest in west Alabama, hosts many
major performances and special events.
Tuscaloosa County offers a more comprehensive range of medical
and health care options than any other community of comparable size
and population in the Southeast. Birmingham, Alabama, is only 58
miles by interstate.
Application & Nomination Process
Confidential inquiries are welcomed, and nominations are
- Application packet must include the following: a) A letter of
interest, b) Current résumé, and c) At least four references with
full contact information including e-mails (References will not
be contacted without consent from applicant.)
- Submit application packet (preferably as PDFs)
Review of applications begins immediately. The search will remain
open until the position is filled.
Submit nominations to:
complete contact and e-mail information for the individual being
Kenny Daugherty, President of Myers
McRae Executive Search and Consulting, is assisting The
University of Alabama with this search. Schedule a conversation
regarding this search at
IMPORTANT: The University of
Alabama requires all applicants also to complete the University’s
online application at
Equal Employment Opportunity: The
University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational
Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment or volunteer status without regard to
race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, genetic or
family medical history information, disability, protected veteran
status, or any other legally protected basis, and will not be
discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants
and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law
from discrimination on several bases.
Application for Executive Director of Colleges and
Schools at the University of Alabama